Beau Belanger from "Creekside Residents" on NextDoor.com: "I'm a CG helo pilot here at air station San Fran and live in the area. I was actually surfing in Rockaway during the whole mess. I never saw anyone in danger, there was one guy that was struggling on the north side but he made it back to shore. The helo was required to search even though there was no missing persons reported as per our procedures. The final report was concluded that there was no surfer in distress since there were no reported missing persons several days following the event. We get many cases of good SAMs that think a surfer, winder surfer, etc. is in distress, but in reality they may be simply struggling a bit but are still in control of their situation. Tourists or people that don't do water sports don't understand that a surfer getting battered by waves is simply duck diving and trying to paddle out. Please keep this in mind and spread the word to only call 911 if it looks like the surfer is really in distress because it decreases our units available response hours if we are flying on cases with no definitive missing persons (false cases). Thanks!"
The Pacifica Tribune, an award-winning 3,500-circulation weekly newspaper, is seeking a freelance, independent contractor, part-time reporter for weekly assignments. Responsibilities may include everything from general news assignments to government, business, feature, spot news and crime reporting.
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Nestled on the coast of the powerful Pacific Ocean, between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, you’ll discover the charming town of Pacifica. As a resident of the town, that was founded in 1957, you’ll enjoy a rewarding quality of life that includes an abundance of community related family programs and events. Search the Coastside Farmer’s Market for ingredients to make your family’s favorite meal, or catch dinner fishing from the Pacifica Pier.
Spend date night taking in a live play or art show, or pack a picnic dinner and head to the beach to watch the perfect sunset. Personal enrichment classes and a plethora of volunteer opportunities ensure you’ll never be left wondering what to do. And wait until your kids hear about Pacifica’s world class skatepark, family swims, monthly teen dances and Pacifica’s unparalleled school music program. All this, plus residents enjoy safe streets. According to the FBI Crime Report, authorities were made aware of only seven robberies in 2011.
Front row (left to right): Dan Underhill, Laurie Goldberg, Stella Pilgrim, Todd Bray, Bob Pilgrim. Back row (left to right): John Maybury, Leslie Davidson, Larry Rosenstein, Nicole Cuadra, Chris Fogel.
We were sickened to hear of the Recology driver who was hit by a car while making his rounds in Pacifica. Apparently the car's driver was texting when she hit the Recology worker, who suffered major life-threatening injuries requiring a double amputation.
Recology general manager Chris Porter says, "Please stress the importance of driving the speed limit. There seems to be lots of speeding, especially in the Fairmont area (Gateway), with people feeling they are near the highway so they can drive those speeds. Everyone knows what day garbage day is in their neighborhood. Please respect the job they are doing for you and slow down when you go by the truck. A small hello, especially during this time, would go a long way with my guys during this sad time."
Pacifica Beach Coalition President Lynn Adams wins the 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes Award of $10,000, which she is putting to use in the coalition's environmental work for Pacifica beach cleanups and restorations.
Pacifica Peace People and MoveOn members lined the corner at Linda Mar and Highway 1 on September 9 to protest President Obama's proposed U.S. missile strikes on Syria over its use of nerve gas on its own citizens. Since then, diplomatic efforts by the U.S., Russia, France, and other nations have defused the tense standoff in the Middle East.
Alan Wald thought it was odd for the Pacifica Police Department to announce a DUI sobriety checkpoint July 26 at an undisclosed location. But Alan looked into it and found this in the law books:
"It seemed contradictory to me that police would announce the checkpoint but conceal the location, so I did a little homework. A California Supreme Court decision in 1987 (Ingersoll vs. Palmer) requires that 'police conducting a lawful sobriety checkpoint must provide advance notice of the roadblock to the public, although they are not required to disclose its specific location. Publicity both reduces the intrusiveness of the stop and increases the deterrent effect of the roadblock...'
But the most interesting part of the court's ruling for police conducting legal DUI checkpoints is this: 'Motorists who seek to avoid a roadblock may not be stopped and detained merely because they attempted to avoid the roadblock.' In other words, you are allowed to make a legal U-turn when you're, say, 50 feet away from entering a DUI checkpoint. Try it and see."
(For the record, we do not recommend doing U-turns on Highway 1. You could get a ticket for crossing the double yellow line.)